By Emmanuel Aziken
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has given three reasons for the commission’s decision to recognize the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senator Douyle Diri as the winner of the November 16, 2019 governorship election.
Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu briefing newsmen summarized the reasons why PDP was returned as follows:
- Highest Number of Votes
- Met two-third in all the eight local government areas with the removal of the APC votes
- Number of cancelled votes of 90,822 less than the gap between the PDP and Accord which was the runner up following the exclusion of the APC.
“In compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission met this morning and reviewed the result of the election in which 45 political parties contested.
“Without the votes scored by the All Progressives Congress APC, whose candidates were deemed not to have participated in the election, the total number of lawful and valid votes cast in the election now stand at 146,999. Out of this figure, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scored the highest number of lawful votes with 143.172.
“Similarly, the Party has scored more than 25% of the lawful votes cast in all the eight Local Government Areas of the State.
“Furthermore, the total number of registered voters in places where election was not held or cancelled as a result of sundry violations is 90,822. The candidate of the Accord party has the next highest score with 1,339 votes. The margin of lead between the candidates of the PDP and the Accord party is 141,833 votes. With this outcome, the election is conclusive at first ballot.
“Consequently, Senator Douye Diri AND Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo of the PDP are hereby declared winners and retumed elected as Governor and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State respectively.
“The Commission is aware that the tenure of the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State ends at midnight today Friday 14th February 2020. Therefore, in fulfillment of the requirement of Section 75 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Certificates of
Return to the Governor and Deputy Governor-elect will be presented to them immediately as ordered by the Supreme Court.”